Robot-Assisted Urologic Surgery

When medication and other non-surgical treatments are either unavailable or cannot relieve symptoms, surgery is the accepted treatment for a broad range of conditions that affect the male reproductive organs and the organs of the urinary tract. These conditions include, but are not limited to, prostate cancer, urinary obstruction, bladder cancer and kidney cancer.

Facing any kind of urologic surgery creates a great deal of anxiety for most men. Among your concerns is: “Will my body function normally following surgery?” Traditional open urologic surgery — in which large incisions are made to access the pelvic organs — has been the standard approach when surgery is warranted. Yet common drawbacks of this procedure include significant post-surgical pain, a lengthy recovery and an unpredictable, potentially long-term impact on continence and sexual function.

Fortunately, less invasive surgical options are available to many patients facing urologic surgery. The most common of these is laparoscopy, which uses small incisions. While laparoscopy can be very effective for many routine procedures, limitations of this technology prevent its use for more complex urologic surgeries.

A New Category in Minimally Invasive Surgery

With the development of the da Vinci® Surgical System,* a new category of surgery is being used by an increasing number of surgeons worldwide for prostatectomy and other urologic procedures. This minimally invasive approach, utilizing the latest in surgical and robotics technologies, is ideal for delicate urologic surgery. This includes prostatectomy, in which the target site is not only tightly confined but also surrounded by nerves affecting urinary control and sexual function. Using da Vinci, your surgeon has a better tool to spare surrounding nerves, which may enhance both your recovery experience and clinical outcomes.

Proven Technology That's Safe and Effective

With the da Vinci® Si HD Surgical System, Scott & White offers you a safe, FDA-approved alternative to traditional open and laparoscopic surgeries for many urologic problems, including:

Patient Benefits Compared to Traditional Open Surgery
• Less pain and blood loss
• Less scarring, due to tiny incisions
• Shorter recovery time and hospital stay
• Quicker return to your daily activities
• Lower rate of surgical complications

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  • Prostate cancer
  • Kidney cancer
  • Urinary obstruction
  • Bladder cancer
  • Bladder diverticulum

The da Vinci surgical system is proven robotic technology developed by Intuitive Surgical, Inc. Previous generations of the system are being used by many hospitals. Scott & White began using the da Vinci system in 2005 and recently upgraded to this newest robotic technology.

In fact, Scott & White Hospital – Temple is the only hospital in Central Texas with the new da Vinci Si HD. It enables our surgeons to perform delicate and complex operations through a few tiny incisions with increased vision, precision, dexterity and control. Plus, only the da Vinci Si HD uses an exclusive fluorescence imaging method that makes it easier for surgeons to safely identify blood flow and key anatomical landmarks in the surgical area.

If your doctor recommends surgery for a urologic condition, ask if you’re a candidate for robot-assisted surgery.


*Also referred to as the da Vinci robot

While clinical studies support the effectiveness of the da Vinci® System when used in minimally invasive surgery, individual results may vary. Surgery with the da Vinci Surgical System may not be appropriate for every individual. Always ask your doctor about all treatment options, as well as their risks and benefits.

For additional information on minimally invasive surgery with the da Vinci® Surgical System visit www.davincisurgery.com

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Patrick Lowry
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